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Cow is considered holy in India and is worshipped in several parts of the country Getty

An 18-year-old boy in the Indian capital New Delhi was admitted to hospital for psychiatric treatment after his parents discovered that he had been involved in sexual activities with calves. The boy is being treated by the country's premier hospital, All India Institute for Medical Sciences, (AIIMS) for the brutal sexual activity with an animal which amounts to bestiality, a punishable offence as per Indian law.

The youth accused of bestiality comes from a dairy farm area in South Delhi where he had access to calves. Doctors say they will conduct further tests to address the problem as they only have a confession from him now and do not know how long he may have been involved in such activities.

Apparently, this is the second case to have come to the hospital in the last two years. A similar case was reported about a man who had sex with two calves one of which died during the incident.

"We tried to treat the teenager but he ran away and never came back. His family lived in an unhygienic location where dairy farms operate. Moreover, we are concerned because a person who had engaged in childhood bestiality is more likely to commit adult interpersonal crimes and this should be taken as a warning sign by society," Dr Sujata Satapathy of the Department of Psychiatry, AIIMS, told India Today.

Doctors said such cases mostly go unreported. In August, a 25-year-old man was accused of raping a seven-month-old calf, in the north Indian state of Punjab. In 2013, a 50-year-old man was arrested for having sex with an injured cow using coconut oil as a lubricant.

Apart from medical and legal implications, the cow is considered holy in India and is worshipped in several parts of the country.